SORRY

Sorry for being absent a lot in the past month’s. Winter was grey , wet and soft and it was almost impossible to take nice pictures. In fact we had no real Winter, no snow, no ice, just a few light night frosts. March has been like real Spring although it is still Winter. The sky is bright blue, the sun shines and we enjoy the sun a lot. Nature starts to wake up and the first Spring flowers are in bloom. I just hope we don’t get heave frost in April or May, everything is possible and this will do a lot of damage.

TINY FLOWERS OF NARCISSUS TETE A TETE

Always on of the first in bloom and always reliable, you plant the bulbs in the soil and they come up year after year. So easy !

AMELANCHIER OR JUNEBERRY BUDS

Another one you can always rely on, the amalanchier tree, also called juneberry, I don’t know why they call it juneberry as it always flowers at the end of march ! In a few weeks time it will be covered in small white flowers and it will be buzzing with bees. Look at that blue sky we have at the moment . So much better than grey.

Have a great weekend !

IT’S DEFINITELY AUTUMN

Today is September 19th and we can feel, see and smell Autumn is here. Summer was cool and wet with here and there a few hot days. I have been taking pictures this month and you can see how nature is changing. Despite all the rain we had it is still dry but we live on sandy soil and it doesn’t keep water for long.

WHEN THIS SEDUM IS IN BLOOM SUMMER IS AS GOOD AS OVER
DRY GRASSES IN FRONT OF A MARSH AND A LITTLE SPIDER
MUSHROOMS
MORE MUSHROOMS
BERRIES
WILD HEATHER
PART OF A DEAD PINE THREE WITH PINE CONES
AMELANCHIER OR JUNE BERRY

I hope you”ll all have a great Autumn. Thanks for visiting and keep safe.

TODAY IN THE GARDEN

We have such nice weather at the moment, very sunny, bright blue sky, not too cold….what more do you want. I try to enjoy it as much as I can cos colder weather is on its way.

We have a very stubborn tree, our Amelanchier (juneberry) starts blooming every year on April 1st. But as we have had a lot of sun and soft weather we were sure it would bloom earlier this year. Just one little branch has been in bloom for about a week now and the rest is still in bud.

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JUST 2 SMALL FLOWER STALKS.

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THE REST OF THE TREE LOOKS LIKE THIS; ALL FLOWERS STILL IN BUDD

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MY SKIMMIA KEW GREEN IS BUZZING WITH BEE’S NOW THAT THE FLOWERS ARE OPEN

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OUR WATERHEN (coot) STILL HASN’T FOUND A MATE YET, BUT SHE IS FEELING VERY MUCH AT HOME IN OUR GARDEN. LOOK AT HER BEAUTIFULL BEAK.

I am still very sad about my little dog who died suddenly last week, I miss her a lot.

Have a great weekend all ! Stay safe !!

LAST LEAFS

AMELANCHIER (juneberry)

When I was in my garden last week I noticed this cute little twig of my amelanchier tree, the tree was completely bare except for this little twig, the sun was shining and it caught my eye as it looked so pretty.

Have a great day !

WHAT SEASON ARE WE IN ??

It is the beginning of August and for us it is the middle of Summer but the heath and drought have ruined a lot of plants so now it looks like Autumn.

It is the second year in a row, I think we should start looking for plants that tolerate more heath and more drought.

AMELANCHIER
BURNED AMELANCHIER

I took this picture 2 days ago and now this tree is almost bare, all the yellow leafs have gone with the wind.

GERANIUM MACRORHIZUM

My gernaniums look all death, luckily I know they’ll come back when we have had a lot of rain and lower temperatures.

FERNS
HENS AND CHICKS (sempervivum)

Even the hen’s and chicks are burned !!!! I have put most of my plants in pots in the shade but as we may not use the waterhose cos of the drought, I have to water them by hand, a huge job.

Have a great weekend all !

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

Although we can still expect snow and frost up till mid May. But at the moment it is warm and sunny and it is good to be able to do some much needed garden work.

I took some pictures for you all to see what is happening at the moment.

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MY AMELANCHIER IS STARTING TO BUD AND WHEN IT STARTS BUDDING IT GOES FAST

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SNOWDROPS, THE EASIEST OF THE BULBS

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I DISCOVERED A FEW CYCLAMEN COUM UNDER A BUSH, I NEVER PLANTED THEM BUT I AM HAPPY TO SEE THEM IN MY GARDEN

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE BUDS OF NARCISSUS TETE-A-TETE, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THEM IN BLOOM AGAIN

I know this is not much but it is the beginning of a whole new flowering season and it makes me happy.

Have a great week you all !!

 

 

PORTRET OF A TREE

I have only a few tree’s in my garden as my garden is not so big. The biggest tree I have is a European oak tree, it was only a few inches high when we planted it at the end of our garden. Then we have an Albizzia which is my favorite and last but not least we turned an Amelanchier  lamarckii bush (snowy mespilus) into a tree which grew over the years to a tree that is about 4 meters ( 14 feet)  in width and about 6 meteres  (19 feet) in height. The perfect tree on one condition : do not plant it close to your terrace !!!

In Winter it gives a nice skeleton in which we hang birdfeeders of all sorts.

In Spring it is a terrible nuissance as a big part of it hangs over our terrace, first we get the beautiful flowers which attract an enormous amount of bees,but the peels of the buds fall on the terrace, then the flowers fade and fall off while the leafs are comming up, the new leafs are fresh and beautiful but the peels of the buds and the fallen flowers give a big mess.

Really soon after all that the berries are growing, at first they are green and then they turn red and in the end purple when they are ripe and then the feast begins.The birds go crazy for the ripe berries but at the same time they eat the berries they drop something else on our terrace…

Autumn comes soon for the Amelanchier and it gets beautiful  coloured leafs before they all fall down, and yes, on our terrace.

So what I want to tell you about this tree is : do NOT plant it close to your terrace !! For the rest it is a beautiful tree for a not so big garden, it attracts a lot of bees and birds and it is even beautiful to look at in Winter, when you put one on your lawn or between hardy plants and small bushes the mess you get otherwise on your terrace turns to fertilizer for your lawn or else for the other plants, a win-win situation !

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AMELANCIER LAMARCKII (snowy mespilus) IN FULL BLOOM

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BLOOMS

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AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE A LOT OF BERRIES

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THEY LOOK A BIT LIKE LITTLE CHERRIES

Have a great day and enjoy your garden ! Thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

I WISH YOU COULD HEAR MY GARDEN

I wish you could hear my garden at the moment, it is a lovely sunny day and my amelanchier is in full bloom and so is my skimmia and the aubrieta, when we sit in the garden it sounds like we sit in the middle of a giant bee hive !! The buzz is unbelievable.DSC06224.JPG

AMELANCHIER

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AUBRIETA HENDERSONII

We went from Winter to Summer ! And we can finally eat outside on our terrace, I missed that soooo much !

Have a great week and thanks for visiting !

 

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